Special exhibition features work by over 40 faculty of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts; celebrates Council’s 40th Anniversary

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County officially celebrates its 40th Anniversary in May and will commemorate the occasion with a special exhibition celebrating the artist faculty of the school named after its founder, Alexander W. Dreyfoos. “Educators and Artists” will feature work in various mediums by 41 past and present faculty of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. The show opens to the public on May 25 and runs through August 18 in the Council’s main gallery in downtown Lake Worth.

“In 1997, Dreyfoos made the largest private contribution ever made to a public school in Florida when he pledged $1 million to support Palm Beach County School of the Arts, which was subsequently renamed in his honor,” said Nichole M. Hickey, Curator and Manager of Artist Services at the Council. “This exhibition is a way to bring the artists together in a collaborative show. A majority of the work on view will be new, made exclusively for this exhibition, which is a testament to the dedication of the teaching artists themselves and their passion to create. Work will range from ceramics to paintings to fabric pieces and more.”

Featured artists in the show

Alan Feldmesser
Alyse Emdur
Bill Walter
Chelsea Odum
Clarence Measelle
Constance Rudy
David Willson
Emily Steele
Emmy Kenny
Erika Cespedes
Francisco Carrera
Glen Barefoot
Jade Henderson
Jane Grandusky
Jenny Gifford
Jeri Brown
Kenneth Gryzmala
Kim Spivey
Lacey Van Reeth
Laura Gordon
Leigha Foy Phillips
Lisette Cedeño
Margaret Jahn
Manuela Gonzalez
Marcela Ramos Castillo
Marsha Christo
Matthew George
Melissa Glosmanova
Michael Blair
Mila Woods
Nancy Nieves
Peter Stodolak
Rick Newton
Ryan Toth
Sam Perry
Samantha-Leigh Gozlan
Sammi McLean
Sarah Knudston
Scott Armetta
Tom D’Auria
Trevor Davis


Educators and Artists is generously sponsored by Related Companies and The Breakers Palm Beach. The Council’s 40th Anniversary celebration is supported by Donald M. Ephraim and Maxine Marks for the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation; and Jocelyn and Robin Martin.

A member preview of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, May 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The reception will feature trunk show artists TrueShots Photography and Soothing Remedies, and music by Laura Cope. The exhibition is free to members of the Cultural Council and $20 for non-members. For more information and registration, visit palmbeachculture.com/educators-artists or contact Membership and Special Events Manager, Debbie Calabria at dcalabria@palmbeachculture.com or (561) 472–3330.

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Other exhibitions at the Council:

PLACES/SPACES: The Architectural Photography of Kim Sargent

Donald M. Ephraim Family Gallery
May 5 through July 28
Over his four-decade career, Kim Sargent has earned a place among the country’s leading architectural photographers. His portfolio is fully comprehensive—a lineup of some of the country’s top architectural and design publications such as Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, Veranda, and The New York Times Magazine, and the world’s most exclusive travel destinations, resorts, yachts, and estate homes. From Jerusalem to Tuscany, he has been commissioned to travel to over 40 countries and to produce numerous coffee table books. Sargent is renowned for capturing exquisite detail; his images often having a certain fine art tinge that makes his photographs never feel sterile or overproduced and reminds us that beautiful architecture is meant to be lived in and experienced. Today, Sargent Architectural Photography boasts the third generation of Sargent artistry, with the addition of his sons Nickolas and Tyler.

Debra Yates

Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists Grantee
Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Gallery
April 28 through May 26
Debra Yates is a fourth generation Key West Conch. She recently relocated to the historic Parrot Cove neighborhood of Lake Worth. Before settling here, she left her mark from coast to coast, gathering 35 years of creative experience. Yates is the third recipient to celebrate receiving the Council’s prestigious Dina Baker Award for Mature Female Artists. Yates’ abstract compositions are sophisticated and modern. Yates has a recurring constant in her work: the circle and the bold black line. Featured in numerous publications from The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler and many widely known design books, Yates also has public work in many South Florida spaces. She has been awarded multiple honors, such as the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in 2000.